08/26/2009 11:00PM

Cross Every Bridge has work cut out

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Michael Burns
Grand Adventure (left), winning last year's Summer, returned from a lengthy layoff with a victory on Wednesday, earning a 90 Beyer Speed Figure, the highest of his career.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Cross Every Bridge has done just that with noteworthy success thus far in his career.

But tempering that statement is the fact that the career of Cross Every Bridge, a 4-year-old gelding trained by Mark Frostad, has spanned just two starts and his foundations will be seriously tested in Saturday's $200,000 Play the King.

The Grade 2 Play the King, a seven-furlong turf race that is the major local prep for the Grade 1, $1 million Woodbine Mile on Sept. 20, will mark the stakes debut for Cross Every Bridge.

"He's a good horse, but he lacks seasoning," said Mark Frostad, who trains the homebred Cross Every Bridge for Sam-Son Farm.

Unraced at 2, Cross Every Bridge finally made it to the post here last Oct. 12 and was an 8 3/4-length maiden winner over one mile on turf.

"I was going to run him in a stakes at Churchill after that," said Frostad, "but he got hurt, on the Polytrack. He was off for a long time, with a couple of tibia stress fractures."

Cross Every Bridge showed no signs of rust in his return to action, as he again led throughout over seven furlongs on yielding turf while racing out of his conditions in a second-level allowance/optional $62,500 claimer.

While he has been well backed in his two starts to date, Cross Every Bridge is 6-1 in the morning line for the Play the King.

"Maybe he can't really be as good as some of these horses he's running against now. but we'll move him along, and see what happens," said Frostad.

"It's a very tough race. If he runs well, we'll be very happy."

Forest Uproar back to a mile

Frostad and Sam-Son also will be looking to spring the upset here Sunday when Forest Uproar starts in Sunday's $150,000 Ontario Damsel, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies.

Forest Uproar debuted successfully here June 11 in a one-mile maiden turf race and then finished second behind older stablemate Blissful Song in a first-level allowance over 1 1/4 miles on grass.

Moving into stakes company for her third career appearance, Forest Uproar was beaten just 2 1/4 lengths as the third-place finisher in the Wonder Where over 1 1/4 miles on soft turf.

"I thought she ran very well there," said Frostad. "A mile and a quarter is pushing it. I don't think she really stays that distance. It's a little beyond her, against decent horses.

"At a mile, she should be on her game."

Robert Landry, who has been in the spotlight following his success aboard Careless Jewel in last Saturday's Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga, retains the mounts on both Cross Every Bridge and Forest Uproar.

Grand Adventure back with a win

Grand Adventure, who was injured when finishing 10th in last fall's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita, returned to action with an impressive victory here Wednesday evening.

With Eurico Rosa Da Silva back in the irons, Grand Adventure scored by two lengths when facing older rivals in a $62,500 claimer/second-level allowance race at a mile on turf.

"It was a tough, tough race," said Frostad. "It was an awful lot to ask first time back. I was just hoping he'd run well."

Grand Adventure had won his debut over seven furlongs on turf and the Grade 3 Summer over one mile on the same course in his only starts last year before traveling to California.

His 1:15.43 clocking on Wednesday yielded a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 90.

"I'll probably nominate him to the Woodbine Mile, and I'll see how he trains," said Frostad.

Drysdale's first wave in residence

Trainer Neil Drysdale has launched several successful invasions here from his California base, the most recent being with Marsh Side in last year's Grade 1 Canadian International.

And while Drysdale again will be targeting the Canadian International with Marsh Side, he will be establishing a preliminary presence here with a trio of horses who checked into Woodbine on Thursday.

Bourbon Bay, whose last appearance was a fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 Sham at Santa Anita on Feb. 28, will represent Drysdale in a first-level turf allowance at 1 1/8 miles here on Saturday.

The other two arrivals are the maidens Privalova, a 3-year-old filly, and Bishop of Derry, a 3-year-old colt.

Privalova showed promise in three starts in Ireland last year and raced twice for Drysdale at Hollywood Park this year, with her most recent appearance being a second-place finish in a six-furlong maiden turf race on July 12.

Bishop of Derry, a $500,000 Keeneland yearling, is winless in three California starts, all this season and with the latest coming when he raced out of his conditions in an optional $40,000 claimer/first-level allowance over 1 3/8 miles of turf at Del Mar on July 23.

Marsh Side, who is scheduled to start in the Grade 1, $750,000 Northern Dancer over 1 1/2 miles on turf, will be one of three more Drysdale runners arriving in the near future.

"I'm always up there during September," said Drysdale, who has won the Woodbine Mile with Labeeb in 1998, Touch of the Blues in 2003, and Becrux in 2006. "Woodbine has always treated me well."

Motion also a presence

Graham Motion, another trainer who has been a frequent visitor to Woodbine, will have starters for both weekend stakes here.

Rebellion, a 6-year-old horse, will contest the Play the King while Saucey Evening has been entered in the Ontario Colleen.

Owned by Hickory Tree Stable, Rebellion will be trying the Woodbine turf course for the first time.

In an earlier trip here this spring, Rebellion finished fifth as the favorite in the Grade 3 Vigil over seven furlongs of Polytrack.

Saucey Evening, owned by Augustin Stable, finished a close fourth in last fall's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies over 1 1/16 miles on turf at Santa Anita.

Patrick Husbands will ride Rebellion for the first time, and Jeremy Rose will be in for the mount on Saucey Evening.